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From: (John Chandler)
Subject: Re: [DNA] Help needed NETWORK phylogenetic tree
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 00:17:34 -0500 (EST)
> >Ok, but bear in mind that the probability distribution is skewed.
> This would be due to the smaller than desired sample, no doubt.
No, the skew is inherent in the fact that mutations are rare. I wasn't
saying that the estimate is biased, but rather that the probability
distribution is asymmetric, has a much longer tail on the old side than
on the young side, and has an offset between the median and the mode.
> be strong agreement (within 100 years) between McGee's Utility and NETWOR=
> for the TMRCA. Is that due to a similar rule for handling the TMRCA in b=
> What is the default confidence interval in NETWORK? It just says 700 yea=
> is that at 50% CI?
That's supposed to be the standard deviation. However, when the
distribution is skewed, you can't give just one number to convey the
confidence interval. In a gaussian distribution, the interval of
plus-or-minus one standard deviation has about 67% confidence.
> Does the NETWORK program always assume that a
> mutation upward in repeats is later in time?
I think it simply places the node that *has* the mutation (as
determined by the "majority rule") on the end.